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With a commanding lead entering the final day of the 2014 Churchill Downs Spring Meet, jockey Corey Lanerie has clinched his fifth Churchill Downs riding title with 55 wins entering Sunday’s closing day card.
Saturday could to be a huge day for the barn of trainer Steve Asmussen, who is seeking a graded stakes double with Vinery Stables LLC’s Regally Ready in the $200,000-added Firecracker (GII) and a pair of 2-year-olds entered in the $100,000-added Bashford Manor (GIII) in William and Corrine Heiligbrodt’s Cinco Charlie and Jerry Durant’s Lucky Player.
Trainer Charlie LoPresti will bid for his third win in four years in Saturday’s $200,000-added Firecracker (Grade II) – not with two-time horse of the year and defending champion Wise Dan, but with Gainesway Stable’s Villandry, who is seeking his first stakes win.
Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC’s Untapable, an emphatic 4 ½-length winner of the $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (Grade I) in her most recent start, worked four furlongs on Monday at Churchill Downs in a final prep for her scheduled return to competition in Saturday’s Grade I Mother Goose at New York’s Belmont Park.
After taking the Debutante on Saturday with Robert G. Luttrell’s Promise Me Silver, trainer Bret Calhoun has a 2-year-old gelding shipping to Churchill Downs on Tuesday for next Saturday’s $100,000-added Bashford Manor (Grade III) in Silverhill.
Mark Bacon and Dana Wells’ Silver Max, whose last start was a fourth-place effort in the 2013 Breeders’ Cup Mile, is likely make his 2014 debut in next Saturday’s $200,000-added Firecracker (GII) at Churchill Downs.
After taking the 2013 edition with Texas-bred Fiftyshadesofgold, trainer Bret Calhoun is seeking a repeat in Saturday’s $100,000-added Debutante at Churchill Downs with Robert Luttrell’s homebred Promise Me Silver.
Following an exhilarating night of first-class racing Saturday under the Twin Spires, the equine stars of Stephen Foster Handicap Night at Churchill Downs were reported by their connections to be in good order.
Fresh off a most impressive win in the Pimlico Special (Grade III), WinStar Farm LLC’s Revolutionary is seeking his first Grade I victory in Saturday night’s $500,000-added Stephen Foster Handicap Presented by Abu Dhabi (GI) and has been made the 2-1 favorite in a talented field of nine older horses.